May Giving Days Raise $21M for Northwest Nonprofits

May 11, 2017

Preliminary results from this month's 24-hour giving days in Idaho, Montana and Washington report that donors gave more than $21.4 million to a range of nonprofits across our region.

Final numbers won't be available for a few more weeks, as organizers confirm payments, matching funds, credit card fees and other complex calculations.

The current estimate falls below last year's May giving day totals — which raised about $25.4 million for nonprofits in Idaho, Montana and Washington, despite a national website crash that delayed and discouraged donors — but above the $19 million raised in 2015. This year, community foundations and nonprofit centers opted to hold their campaigns on separate dates and use different online platforms, to avoid overloading a central system; some participating nonprofits also decided to focus their donor outreach efforts on their own fundraising initiatives at other times of the year.

2016 Giving Day Totals*

Idaho: $1.4 million raised
  • Idaho Nonprofit Center: Idaho Gives raised $1.4 million for 628 nonprofits from 10,571 donors on May 4. In 2016, the campaign raised $1.1 million from 13,052 gifts, about the same as in 2015.
Montana: $1.2 million raised

Montana Gives, from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 4-5, raised $1.2 million for 609 nonprofits from 7,972 donors. In 2016, its first year as a statewide giving day campaign, it raised $73,664 from 995 gifts. The 2017 Montana Gives results include all the donations made through the local community foundation campaigns across the state, including five campaigns listed separately in Philanthropy Northwest's 2016 blog post:

  • Billings Community Foundation: Yellowstone Valley Gives raised $83,857 for 82 nonprofits from 744 donors. In 2016, the foundation's Give LOCAL Yellowstone Valley Region raised $22,570 from 267 gifts in 2016, in its first year as a campaign.
  • Bozeman Community Foundation: Give Big Gallatin Valley, from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 4-5, raised $696,022 for 168 nonprofits from 3,683 donors. In 2016, the campaign raised $434,032 from 3,558 gifts, up from $237,000 in 2015.
  • Flathead Community Foundation: Flathead Gives, from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 4-5, raised $42,769 for 56 nonprofits from 414 donors. In 2016, after extending the Give LOCAL Flathead campaign by several days due to the website crash, it raised $82,000.
  • Helena Area Community Foundation: Greater Helena Gives raised $82,000 for 60 nonprofits from 608 donors. In 2016, the foundation's Give LOCAL Helena campaign raised $47,595 from 714 gifts in 2016, down from $55,400 in 2015.
  • Missoula Community Foundation: Missoula Gives, from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 4-5, raised $290,381 for 155 nonprofits from 2,307 donors. In 2016, the foundation's Give Local Missoula County campaign raised $234,584 from 2,343 gifts, down from $274,000 in 2015..
Washington: $18.8 million raised
  • Kitsap Community Foundation: Kitsap Great Give raised $1.6 million from 7,658 gifts on May 2. In 2016, it raised $1.5 million from 5,907 gifts, up from $1 million in 2015.
  • Seattle Foundation: Now in its seventh year, GiveBIG raised $17.2 million for 1,663 nonprofits from 82,070 gifts on May 10. In 2016, after the website's technical difficulties prompted organizers to extend the campaign an extra day and accept donations made directly to participating nonprofits, it raised $22 million from 89,243 gifts, up from $16.3 million in 2015.

*Check back for updates as organizers confirm payments, matching funds and other calculations.

A previous version of this post erroneously attributed the management of the Montana Gives campaign  to the Montana Community Foundation. This year's program  was managed collectivlely by other Montana Community Foundations and VISTA's

Nicole Neroulias Gupte is Philanthropy Northwest's senior communications manager. She can be reached at